Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
A sink sprayer is a useful tool, particularly in the kitchen. Occasionally you may have issues with the sink sprayer, but most problems are repairable as the following illustrates.
1. Clogged Aerator
Depending on the type of spray head, there will be an aerator inside the nozzle, the nozzle will be equipped with spray emitter pores, or both will be present. If scale builds up from hard minerals in the water, the nozzle may quit spraying or exhibit greatly reduced water pressure. Cleaning the spray head emitters and the aerator with a limescale remover will solve the problem.
2. Weak Retraction
The flexible water line that attaches the nozzle to the main water line should have a weight attached to it that pulls the nozzle back into place once you release it. If the weight comes off the line or if the line gets hung up on something stored beneath the sink, then it will no longer retract properly. Check the line beneath the sink for the location of the weight. Untangle the line or reattach the weight, as necessary.
3. Leaky Nozzle
Leaks around the nozzle head are frustrating and messy. The culprit is usually the nut that attaches the nozzle to the waterline. In some cases, you may need to only tighten the nut. In other cases, the O-ring inside the attachment may be worn out. When this happens, you will need to remove the nozzle, replace the O-ring, and then reattach the nozzle. Make sure the nut is fully tightened after replacement.
4. Hose Leaks
Leaks along the flexible water line or hose usually occur at a joint, often where the hose connects to the main water supply for the sink. Check that this joint is properly tightened and sealed Other causes of leaks are actual holes or cracks in the flexible hose. When this occurs, you will need to have the hose replaced. In the future, make sure there is nothing stored near the hose that it can rub against or get hung up on, as these issues are what often lead to hose damage.
5. Failed Diverter
There is a diverter in your sink faucet that switches the water flow between the main tap and the sprayer nozzle. If the diverter becomes clogged, such as with mineral deposits, or simply breaks, then it won't work properly. Either water will only come from the faucet or it will only come from the spray nozzle. Replace the diverter to fix the problem.
Contact a plumbing service if you continue to have issues with your sink sprayer.